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Important Boat Safety Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

As Hurricanes Florence makes it way toward the east coast of the United States, we are reminded how important it is to heed the warnings of the National Hurricane Center and prepare for emergency.

While it may not always be possible to remove boats from the water, there are precautions you can take to prepare your boat ahead of a major storm.


Whenever possible, choose a marina or dock that has some protection from the elements, such as a barrier island or an inland river away from the coast. Also, docks with high pilings can also provide added protection from storm surge.

BoatUs states that floating docks with high pilings tend to fair better during major storms than those without. But keep in mind, BoatUs recommends looking for pilings as tall as 18 feet.

“Floating docks allow boats to rise and fall with surge without stretching and stressing lines,” BoatUs states. “There have been instances where boats at floating docks have been largely unaffected by hurricanes, while some boats at nearby marinas with fixed docks were badly damaged.”

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, who is based in North Carolina (one of the states Florence is predicted to hit), said removing loose items on the boat is important.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team advises boaters to remove anything not permanently attached to a boat ahead of a major storm.

“Anything that is not truly attached, such as cushions and Isinglass, should be removed so it doesn’t get destroyed,” he said. “Isinglass will be blown out.”

Henderson said store loose items in a hatch or on land somewhere in a safer location.

If your boat is moored, check with your harbormaster to see if the mooring is helical – a corkscrew-like mooring that is screwed into the seafloor.

Unlike traditional mushroom and dead-weight mooring anchors, a BoatUs Foundation study found that helical mooring anchors withstood more pull during major storms.

Illustration from ABC Diving. www.abcdiving.com.

“A 500-pound buried mushroom anchor could be pulled out with 1,200 pounds of pull (supplied by a 900-hp tug); an 8,000-pound dead weight (concrete) anchor could be pulled out with 4,000 pounds of pull,” reports BoatUs. “A helical anchor, however, could not be pulled out and the strain gauge recorded 12,000 pounds of pull — its maximum — before a shackle burst apart. (In an earlier test with a larger tug, a strain gauge registered 20,800 pounds before the hawser snapped.)”


If you can remove your boat from the water, there are various storage options to consider.

BoatUs said dry-stack storage facilities built after 1992 are great options for storing boats during major storms. Dry-stack facilities constructed after Hurricane Andrew are more likely to have stronger structural supports and be able to withstand winds as high as 140 mph. However, BoatUs recommends considering the age of the dry-stack facility, with older buildings at a higher risk for damage.

For Henderson, he is storing his SeaVee 390z with quad engines in the center of an open field with no trees or structures nearby. If this is an option for you, Henderson recommends keeping your boat on its trailer, securely tied and anchored to land.

Henderson’s SeaVee 390z, which is normally stored on a trailer, will be anchored to land in the middle of a field with no trees or structures nearby during Hurricane Florence. Photo courtesy of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team.

“A lot of people tie them down, anchored to the trailer with three straps,” he said. “That way, they can’t blow off the trailer.”

Henderson added that boats, whether in water or on land, should have all antennas down and outrigger poles stowed.

For more information on how you can prepare for a major storm, check out this video from West Marine.

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3 New Taco Marine Boating Products add safety and convenience to boats

Here are 3 handy new products you just may want to have before you head out for the summer boating season.

Taco Marine come on board handleComeONBoard-package1. Come-on-board boat handle. Get on and off your boat safely with this stainless steel Come-on-board-handle” – with a large finger-grip contoured surface. This two-piece handle slides into a backing plate inserted into a standard rod holder, or the receiver base is ideal for gunnel or transom platform mounting. This clever two-piece handle has a bag for quick and easy storage. Click the photos for more information.

Boat power cable holder2. Shore to Boat Power Cable Holder. This is a safe and convenient way to hold the power cable from the dock to the boat. The large ring accommodates 30, 50 and 100 AMP shore power cables, fits into standard rod holders and has an adjustable height clamp-on ring that slides up and down to compensate for low or high tides. Includes storage bag.

3. Multi-purpose 15 degree portable cleat. Ever needed a cleat or a boat fender in a different place? This brushed aluminum portable cleat fits into a standard rod holder and easily moves around to where you need it. The loop-hole design allows fenders to hang over the side, and is ideal for hanging your hose while washing your boat. portable boat cleatThis product also includes a handy storage bag. Check out our other new boating products at TacoMarine.com.

Dealing with Ethanol Blended Fuels when Winterizing Your Boat

There is potential engine damage from the ethanol blend in your boat’s gasoline tank when winterizing your boat for the season! 

Add stabilizer or empty your gas tank during storageWhen  gasoline containing ethanol is stored for just three months, it can potentially damage marine engines.  Ethanol is present in most  fuels, and when your boat sits for more than 90 days, “phase separation” of the ethanol and gasoline occurs. According to Fuel Testers, “Phase separation occurs in E10 gas when only 3.8 teaspoons of water per gallon of fuel is absorbed. Moisture from humid air can easily be absorbed into E10 fuel.”  This leaves a corrosive water-soaked ethanol mixture at the bottom of the gas tank. Ethanol is also a solvent, degreaser, cleanser and antifreeze – and absorbs 50 times more water than non-alchohol gas.

According to a BoatU.S. survey; “Half of the respondents reported that they had to replace or repair their boat engine or fuel system parts due to suspected ethanol-related damage.” The average cost for those repairs was $1,000.

90-DaysThe nitty-gritty: Ethanol alcohol fuel blends have a shelf life of about 90-100 days under ideal environmental conditions. Gasoline without ethanol has a shelf life of many years, where as the shelf life of E10 is lower due to ethanol’s ability to attract and absorb water. Petroleum does not blend with water, that is why it floats on the surface when there is a spill. Alcohol by nature attracts, absorbs and blends with water – and it’s those water absorbing properties that make ethanol gas most problematic and difficult to manage. Engines that have a vented fuel system in humid regions of the country have the greatest risk for E10 water contamination.

Common symptoms of excess water in your gas: Inability to start the engine, stalling, hesitation, vapor lock or fuel starvation. Additionally you might find premature rusting and corrosion of engine parts.

Image courtesy of Quick-Check.

Here’s a few things you can do: 1. Put a drop of food coloring in a clear bottle of your fuel. If water is present the drop of food coloring will dissolve and turn the fuel the same color as the food coloring. In pure gasoline, the drop goes to the bottom and rolls around as little globules. If you want the comfort of a more calibrated test, there is a product called Quick-Check, it’s an indicator solutions to confirm if your tank is ethanol and water free, (see image above).   2. Install a water separator filter of 10-12 microns and check and replace the filter often.  3. The best method is to just remove and discard the fuel, (this could be expensive), and if you have less than a 1/2 tank of gas remaining we suggest you fill up with very high-octane and quickly run the gas through the tank. When empty make sure the tank walls are clean. 4. Use gas additives with caution. Yes, there are “water removal” additives on the market, but most contain strong solvents and alcohol. Fuel-Testers recommends using a petroleum-based fuel stabilizer, such as Gas Shok, Stabil or Startron.

Ethanol boat fuelFor E10 fuel remaining in small portable gas tanks (and not pre-mixed with 2-stroke engine oil – and if it’s the right octane for your car) – just pour it into your car’s gas tank so it’s used up quickly. Store your boat’s gas tanks either full with non-ethanol gas, a petroleum-based stabilizer when ethanol is present, or drain the tanks completely.

What is your experience with E10 fuel? Please comment below, we want to know …


Labor Day Weekend: Here are 3 basic tips that sometimes are overlooked to keep your boat in good running shape.

Labor Day weekend boat tips1. Check your boat’s propeller. Remove your boats propeller to make sure discarded fishing line hasn’t become wrapped around the propeller shaft. When fishing line is wrapped around a prop shaft, it can cause gear case leaks. Also, while you have the propeller off, inspect it for nicks, dents and other signs of damage. Believe it or not, the smallest dent can cause your boat to lose performance and burn excessive fuel. A damaged prop also can vibrate, putting too much stress on bearings and seals causing additional damage. Finally, put a liberal amount of waterproof grease on the propeller shaft to prevent corrosion from “freezing” it in place.

oil change for boats2. Boats need to have their oil changed just like cars. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by model but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year.

boat's gelcoat is better when washed

3. Sometimes washing a boat is done in a hurry or skipped till next time. If you boat in saltwater, remove salt residue with clean fresh water. Why? Salt will corrode metal, fasteners and other hardware, and if left too long on your gelcoat, it can create a hazy film on the surface. And don’t skimp on cheap soap. Marine boat wash is best and is specially formulated for gelcoat surfaces.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

The Neptune Tackle Storage Bag

Wouldn’t it be nice to easily carry all your “gear” on board in one convenient bag by throwing your tackle, towels, phone and everything else into one convenient carry-on bag? If you have purchased a Taco Marine leaning post, you know how handy the Taco Marine Neptune Tackle Storage Bag is – because it’s  included in the purchase of a Taco Marine leaning post. Because these storage bags have been so popular with boaters, they can now be purchased separately.

Neptune Storage Bag

The handy Neptune Tackle Storage Bag fits right under the leaning post. On the inside of the bag,  the main center compartment is 28” wide which will hold a wide variety of tackle trays. In addition the main compartment has one 28” long side pocket which will be ideal for pliers, crimpers, fillet knives, sharpening stones, de-hookers etc. as well as two side pockets for gloves towels, sunglasses sun block, hat or visor, cell phones, portable GPS or back up portable VHF and wallets. On the outside of the bag there are two side round pockets with drain holes and double zippers for easy access. These pockets were designed to hold 5 spools of fluorocarbon leader on each side. Overall the Neptune Tackle Storage Bag offers an enormous amount of storage compared to other tackle bags on the market today. It’s great for boats with a standard 30” center compartment which are typically found on boats up to 25ft.

The waterproof bottom of the Neptune Tackle Storage Bag is made from a ballistic nylon. The water resistant 1000 denier fabric and marine grade YKK zippers are designed for longevity and performance. This durable bag will hold up to 75 LBS of tackle and gear with a wide snap on shoulder carrying strap to transport to and from the boat. For more specifications about the Neptune Tackle Storage Bag, click here.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Taco Marine Fabrication

Taco Marine’s fabrication products are found on all boat models and sizes from tower to deck, bow to stern – worldwide. We offer an extensive assortment of products in aluminum, stainless and nylon.

Taco Marine’s fabrication products are found on all boat models and sizes – worldwide. They offer an extensive assortment of products in aluminum, stainless and nylon. Taco Marine is dedicated to delivering superior products through engineered designs with seaworthy finishes and an unceasing commitment to being the “Best Total Value.” More important, Taco Marine partners with their boat building customers to provide extraordinary service – from design through delivery.

Taco Marine designs, builds and 
delivers products that meet or exceed our customer’s
requirements – on time.

We are known for being customer focused and supported by extraordinary service – some of our friendly service representatives are shown above. By listening to our customers and being flexible – Taco Marine designs, builds and delivers products that meet or exceed our customer’s requirements – on time. Taco Marine not only has over 50 years of experience in the marine industry, but continues to seek out new materials and manufacturing processes so we can offer our customers the best possible products at the best possible price.

How Taco Marine helps Jupiter Marine make boats out of this world

Taco Marine provides Jupiter Marine with outriggers, outrigger poles, rub rail, helm seats and various stainless steel poles and hardware as well as extraordinary service and sales support. So how is that partnership working? Watch the video and find out.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Helm Chairs

The Taco Deluxe Helm Chair has these 5 main advantages…

1. Convenience: The articulating armrests are tightly assembled to prevent chance movement.

HelmChair2. Variety: We provide seat widths from 23″ to 40″ for a wide range of boats.

3. Flexibility: Rollback seat bolsters enable the driver to stand at the helm or sit at higher position.

4. Safety: The rollback seat hinge features a unique shield that eliminates dangerous pinch points and secures the bolster in place preventing it from flipping down.

5. Quality components: We only use 316 Marine-Grade Stainless Steel for hinges, brackets and all metal components for optimum performance.

The helm chair is available with or without TACO’s Helm Chair Seat Slide.